Special Topic In History HIST5055

  • Academic Session: 2017-18
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course is typically taught to one or more students on a specialist topic agreed with the course convenor.


10 individual weekly tutorials

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses




Written work not to exceed 5,000 words, usually in the form of one essay of 3,500-5,000 words.


In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. For non honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students, and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions are listed below in this box.

Course Aims

This courses aims:

To allow students to pursue specialised topics of study in History.
To foster independent study, under the guidance of regular meetings with a tutor.
To develop bibliographical skills.
To develop critical reading and writing skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students should be able to:
Develop specialist knowledge and understanding of specific historical topics
- Develop a critical understanding of primary sources and secondary materials relevant to the defined historical problem
· Demonstrate understanding of and ability to evaluate alternative historical interpretations
Demonstrate attainment of a level of expertise and knowledge which will enable further research at an advanced level

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.